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Poster: bkidwell Date: Jul 25, 2011 12:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just a Wonderful Show from '71

Yeah, trying to use pickups on an acoustic piano has always sounded terrible to me, too, and the problem of isolating microphones from stage noise is huge.

At some point I'm hoping to write up a long-form post about the tremendous difficulties integrating keyboard instruments into live rock and roll. I have plenty of personal experience and frustration in that area, and the keyboard seat in the Grateful Dead in particular is notorious for being problematic.

There are a lot of devoted GD fans who think that only from 72-74 was the keyboard slot actually adding to the music - I don't take it to that extreme, since I love a lot of Brent's playing, but I definitely hear the "issues" that people have.